Malaysia’s transfer to halt exports of three.6 million chickens a month, which kicks in Wednesday, is the most recent protectionist transfer in Asia geared toward tackling home shortages and taming surging inflation.
However the shock step has brought about consternation in Singapore, a tiny city-state that depends on its bigger neighbour for a great chunk of meals imports, together with round a 3rd of its hen.
Of specific concern is the influence on hen rice, a vastly fashionable dish of poached hen, rice and chili dip, usually bought on the city-state’s ubiquitous open-air meals courts.
Hen costs “will certainly go up”, stated Foo Kui Lian, founding father of Tian Tian Hainanese Hen Rice, one of many best-known stalls promoting the dish in Singapore.
“If (suppliers) elevate costs by loads we must elevate ours a bit, or it will be troublesome for us to outlive.”
A day earlier than the export curbs kicked in, a protracted queue shaped on the stall as diners sought to get a style of the dish earlier than a feared surge in costs.
Workplace employee Meilan Lim was amongst those that purchased the dish forward of the restrictions.
“Although I am not likely a hen rice particular person, it is simply that typically you do have the craving,” she instructed AFP.
“So if (the ban is) going to be lasting for some time, it will be an issue for me.”
Some stall holders have already hiked their costs, and officers are warning about disruptions to hen provides.
The town-state’s meals company has suggested shoppers to purchase solely what they want, contemplate shopping for frozen as a substitute of refrigerated hen, or shift to completely different meats.
Most chickens from Malaysia are imported to Singapore alive, after which slaughtered and chilled there. Frozen hen is commonly imported from different international locations, together with Brazil.
Like many different international locations, Malaysia is battling rising inflation, significantly in relation to meals, which prompted it to impose the curbs.
However Singapore — which has had a fractious relationship with Kuala Lumpur for many years — can be going through rising costs, with inflation at a decade-high.
Different international locations which have taken protectionist measures embrace India, which banned wheat exports and Indonesia, which quickly halted palm oil shipments.
The strikes come as considerations develop worldwide about meals insecurity brought on by provide chain snarls, local weather change and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a significant grain producer.